Bushfoods & Bush Medicine

While we live in Gawler, most of our knowledge and experience with bushfoods comes from our Ngarrindjeri friends way down South on the Coorong.

For that, I’m indebted to Uncles Neville Gollan, George and Tom Trevorrow who shared their knowledge freely on many a walk and chat around the campfire. Sadly, they’re all deceased now. What I do know about the local plants from a Kaurna perspective has been shared with me by Aunties Cherie Watkins and Veronica Brodie. Another great source of knowledge and inspiration has been our friend and ecologist extraordinaire Joan Gibbs, who taught me how to see the bush more clearly.

To their knowledge, I can add to information that I’ve followed up on, academically, by looking at both old writings from explorers, priests, anthropologists and their ilk.

We’re always learning about our botanic community, taking new pics and meeting folks who know a lot more than we do, so keep checking your favourite plants on these pages. There’s always more to come!

Flowering times are approximate. Plants don’t take a lot of notice of calendars and the changes in our climate are mixing things up a bit. The times we’ve given are from our own experience.

You can learn more about useful wild plants on these pages –

Plants in the Wild

Other Useful Garden Plants


DIanella revoluta

Black Anther Flax Lily


Bind Weed Convulvulus

Bind Weed


Myoporum insulare

Boobiala


Tetragonia implexicoma

Bower Spinach (Sea Spinach)


Chocolate lily


Cypress Pine


Exocarpus syrticola

Coast Ballart


Leucopogon parviflorus

Coastal Bearded Heath


Male Coast Saltbush flowers

Coast Saltbush


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Drooping Sheoak


Wurmbea dioica

Early Nancy


Flame Heath


Fan Flowers


Salicornia sp

Glassworts and Samphires


Mesembryanthemum crystallinum

Ice Plants


A ripe Kangaroo Apple

Kangaroo Apple


Bulbine bulbosa

Lillies


Rhagodia parabolica

Mealy Saltbush


Burchardia umbellata

Milkmaids


Mistletoe berries

Mistletoes


Kunzea pomifera

Muntries


Marsilea drummondii

Nardoo


Pittiosporum phylliraeoides

Native Apricot


Native Cherry


Acrotriche depressa

Native Currant


Cut leaf mint

Native Mints


Clematis microphylla

Old Man’s Beard


Carprobrotus rossii

Pigface


Delicious Quondong fruit

Quondong


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River Red Gum


Disphyma crassifolium

Round-leaved Pigface


Ruby Saltbush


Nitraria billardieri

Salty Grapes (Nitre Bush)


Seaberry Saltbush

Seaberry Saltbush


Cakile sp

Sea Rocket


Cyperus

Sedges


Cassytha pubescens

Snottygobble


Dodonaea viscosa

Sticky Hop Bush


Sundew Drosera auriculata

Sundews


Billardiera cymosa

Sweet Appleberry


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Tea Trees


Acacia gum

Tree Gums


nz spinach

Warrigal Greens (New Zealand Spinach)


Water Ribbons


Yakkss (Grass Trees)